Weekly news: June 23, 2021

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I hope you are all doing well!

This week I finished my Wheel of the Year series with the August 1st celebration: Lughnasadh or Lammas. I had such a good time researching each of these holidays and their folklore. It is truly fascinating, and I learned so much! So much so, that I decided to turn the entire series into a booklet or zine (I told you I’d be making more!). I’m sharing the cover here with you! The book will be composed of the 8 holiday illustrations and of 8 recipes. Each holiday has its own related seasonal recipe. I sent the proof to the printer this morning, and I really cannot wait to share the zine with you when it arrives!

Outside the atelier, I’ve been enjoying the garden a lot. As we speak, I’m making an elder flower syrup that will be scrumptious in sparkling water and on pancakes! It’s exciting to be making things directly from the garden!

Oh and I almost forgot this! I’m experimenting with different products that I want to ass to the shop. I received this pouch this week, and I like it a lot! It feels unreal to see my illustrations like this! I really like this pouch because it’s the perfect size for pencils and a sketchbook… or for a good book and a chocolate bar! I think I’ll order a few more soon!

Let me know what you think and if you’d like a specific design printed out!

New in store

Here it is! The last illustration to complete the Wheel of the Year series!

Inspiration

I enjoyed this book so much! I was sad when I came to the last page. I hope you will enjoy it too!
I thought I’d share a zine with you this week from a fellow Canadian illustrator!

Head over to the blog for more details!

A small treat…

It’s like a storybook come true!

Book review: Driving Around by Amanda Etches

Book Reviews

(En Français par ici!)

I’m so happy to share this review with you. I discovered this zine as I was browsing Etsy, and I’m so glad I’ve adopted it! Driving Around, a pandemic journal by Amanda Etches is such an amazingly well made zine.

What drew me first to this zine is the colour palette: mostly done in greens, blues and yellows, each drawing feels like a walk outside. The colours are rich and bright, and the effect is vivid and pleasing. I’m always so impressed when I see landscapes drawings such as these that feel realistic while remaining artistic. I also particularly enjoyed the textures and how these textures were used by Amanda to portray water and skies. Most of the illustrations seem to be made with pastels an their oily texture is so rich and luscious. The drawings here are mainly vignette size (as they accompany the journal entries), and each one captures a specific day and mood. As I was reading this zine, it felt like I was exploring unknown parts of Ontario.

As this zine is a pandemic journal, Amanda takes us with her as she and her partner explore different parts of Ontario during 2020, the lock down year. It feels quite special to have access to the thoughts and process of someone else and to see how they processed and navigated through this pandemic. Amanda is very candid about her feelings and observations which makes this journal so incredibly interesting to read. One cannot help but relate with her! I found that many of entries put words on feelings I felt but couldn’t identify. I particularly enjoyed that so many of her observations appeal to the senses: she notes on the colours and the sounds in most of the entries, and it makes each one of them that much more lively.

Overall, this little zine will make a great addition to anyone’s collection. The layout is well thought and the attention to details is palpable. The colours and friendly hand-written entries make for a relaxing and intimate read. I couldn’t recommend this zine enough, if only to discover someone else’s perspective on the pandemic and explore Ontario! It fills me with hope to see that something so beautiful emerged from such a difficult year.

Driving Around, a pandemic journal, by Amanda Etches


 

Book review: Driving Around by Amanda Etches

(Malheureusement, ce zine n’est pas encore disponible en français!)

Je suis tellement heureuse de partager cette chronique avec vous. J’ai découvert ce zine en parcourant Etsy, et je suis tellement heureuse de l’avoir adopté ! Driving Around, a pandemic journal par Amanda Etches est un zine incroyablement bien fait.

Ce qui m’a d’abord attiré dans ce zine, c’est la palette de couleurs : principalement composé de verts, de bleus et de jaunes, chaque dessin donne l’impression d’une promenade à l’extérieur. Les couleurs sont riches et lumineuses, et l’effet est vif et agréable. Je suis toujours très impressionnée quand je vois des dessins de paysages comme ceux-ci qui semblent réalistes tout en restant artistiques. J’ai aussi particulièrement apprécié les textures et la façon dont elles ont été utilisées par Amanda pour représenter l’eau et les ciels. La plupart des illustrations semblent avoir été réalisées avec des pastels et leur texture huilée est si riche et succulente. Les dessins sont principalement de la taille d’une vignette (puisqu’ils accompagnent les entrées du journal), et chacun d’entre eux capture un jour et une humeur spécifiques. En lisant ce zine, j’ai eu l’impression d’explorer des régions inconnues de l’Ontario.

Comme ce zine est un journal de bord de la pandémie, Amanda nous emmène avec elle alors qu’elle et son partenaire explorent différentes régions de l’Ontario en 2020, l’année du confinement. C’est très spécial d’avoir accès aux pensées et au processus de quelqu’un d’autre et de voir comment cette personne a géré et traversé cette pandémie. Amanda est très candide quant à ses sentiments et ses observations, ce qui rend ce journal incroyablement intéressant à lire. On ne peut s’empêcher de s’identifier à elle ! J’ai trouvé que de nombreuses entrées mettaient des mots sur des sentiments que je ressentais mais que je ne parvenais pas à identifier. J’ai particulièrement apprécié le fait qu’un grand nombre de ses observations fassent appel aux sens : elle note les couleurs et les sons dans la plupart des entrées, et cela rend chacune d’entre elles beaucoup plus vivante.

Dans l’ensemble, ce petit zine fera un excellent ajout à toute collection. La mise en page est bien pensée et l’attention portée aux détails est palpable. Les couleurs et les inscriptions manuscrites amicales rendent la lecture relaxante et intime. Je ne saurais trop recommander ce zine, ne serait-ce que pour découvrir le point de vue d’une autre personne sur la pandémie et explorer l’Ontario! Cela me remplit d’espoir de voir que quelque chose d’aussi beau a émergé d’une année aussi difficile.

Driving Around, a pandemic journal, by Amanda Etches